Have a hard time keeping kitty cool? Below are some tips for keeping your cat in the shade this summer.
Photo Alyssa Blankenship
#1 Never under any circumstances leave your cat alone in a hot car. Cars can quickly heat up and your cat can suffer from heat stroke. Heat stroke can be fatal. Signs to watch for include heavy, loud breathing, a staggering gait, and a bright red tongue or gum tissue.
#2 If heat stroke is suspected, bring your cat to a cool place, put cold compresses on its belly, or wet it down. Do not waste time as this is a medical emergency, take your cat to your veterinarian as quickly as possible.
#3 Use a hot water bottle filled with ice for your cat to lay on. You can also have a mini fan nearby as well.
#4 Make sure window screens are secure. Cats do not necessarily land on their feet and severe injuries can occur.